TechTarget News - Week of Jan 09, 2022

Singapore retailer hit by data breach

The personal data of OG’s basic and gold members stored in a database managed by a third-party service provider was reportedly compromised

Security the top concern for the SME community

Konica Minolta Business Solutions finds that there is still a lot the channel can do to help customers concerned about data protection

Digital Catapult and Formula 1 rev up for 5G

UK technology provider Digital Catapult and 5G accelerator 5PRING team up with Formula 1 to explore how 5G can elevate the experience of motor racing fans and unlock new commercial opportunities for F1 stakeholders

Young people are leaving tech because of bad culture

There are many reasons young people aren’t choosing a career in tech, but it also seems they are leaving the industry when they find its culture isn’t inclusive enough

Samsung breaks 8Gbps barrier for 5G downloads

Comms tech provider lays claim to fastest downlink speeds recorded using a single user device during tests based on 5G standalone dual connectivity that aggregates mmWave and mid-band spectrum

Alteryx agrees to acquire Trifacta for $400 million

The acquisition, expected to close during the first quarter of 2022, adds cloud-native capabilities to Alteryx's platform and is aimed at accelerating its move to the cloud.

IBM ports weather data to AWS Data Exchange feed

Marketers can now tap IBM's Weather Company data feed at the AWS Data Exchange. The question is, will they know how to use it proactively to execute timely campaigns?

Anomalo brings data quality platform to Snowflake

Elliot Shmukler, co-founder and CEO of Anomalo, details how he was inspired to build his data startup after a critical data failure while he was working at Instacart.

Users hit by Kronos payroll ransomware await recovery

HR users of Kronos payroll and timekeeping systems are moving to recovery from the ransomware attack. A complete restoration time frame will vary by user.

Dell, Lenovo, HP pitch sustainable laptops

Dell, Lenovo and HP have introduced laptops to help customers meet environmental, social and governance policies, which have become critical factors in buying decisions.

Google updates bring Apple-like interoperability to Android

Google will roll out a host of Android OS updates and features throughout 2022 focused on improving interoperability between Android, Windows and Chrome devices.

Chainalysis: Cryptocurrency crime reaches all-time high

While illicit activity peaked at $14 billion in 2021, Chainalysis said it's a drop in the bucket compared with overall transactions amid 'roaring adoption' of cryptocurrency.

Sigma Computing keeps focus on product enhancements

The startup recently secured $300 million in Series C funding, which its CEO said it plans to use to advance its product and expand its engineering capabilities.

Proofpoint acquires Singapore data security startup

Proofpoint’s acquisition of Dathena will bolster its data loss prevention capabilities, enabling organisations to better understand information risk through the use of AI

NetUSB flaw could impact millions of routers

SentinelOne researcher Max Van Amerongen said the only way to fix the high-severity vulnerability is to update the router firmware, which can be a difficult process.

CityFibre gets to work on bringing full-fibre to Cambridgeshire

Further expansion from network provider will fulfil Fenland District Council’s digital needs, bringing previously unavailable full-fibre connectivity within reach of thousands of homes and businesses

Microsoft: China-based ransomware actor exploiting Log4Shell

According to Microsoft, a threat actor tracked as DEV-0401 is utilizing Night Sky ransomware in its Log4j attacks, a variant first reported Jan. 1 that targets large enterprises.

LG Electronics, IBM partner on quantum computer research

Looking to expand software available for its quantum computers, IBM has added LG Electronics to its Quantum Network to explore offerings for the AI and IoT markets.

AIOps vendor BigPanda raises $190 million

The vendor's funding round was led by Advent International and Insight Partners. BigPanda plans to use the funds to build out its machine learning technology and product teams.

New RAT campaign abusing AWS, Azure cloud services

Cisco Talos discovered threat actors taking advantage of public cloud services to spread remote administration tools such as NanoCore, NetWire and AsyncRAT.

Extreme transforms Sweden’s Borås Stad into smart city

Cloud-driven networking company partners with smart technologies provider to transform Swedish municipality into a smart city with secure and reliable public Wi-Fi and simplified network management

Self-service capabilities crucial to analytics success

According to a new report from the Harvard Business Review and ThoughtSpot, empowering employees with self-service capabilities is fuel for a strong business intelligence program.

UK government bodies challenged on secure identity

Public sector bodies in the UK recognise secure identity and access management as critical to the roll-out of digital services, but face challenges in addressing this

Exchange Server woes continue on January Patch Tuesday

Exchange Server admins who had to cope with a Y2K22 error to start the new year have three more vulnerabilities of varying levels of severity to resolve for Patch Tuesday.

MEPs demand EU probe into Pegasus spyware abuse

A group of European Parliament Members has called for an EU-wide investigation into NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware after it emerged EU member states may have used it

IBM unveils acquisition of Envizi to add ESG analytics tools

With Envizi in the fold, the tech giant will be able to expand the environmental analytics capabilities of its platform and better enable customers who undertake ESG initiatives.

Customer data platform market heats up again

As companies plan for the post-pandemic reality, customer data platforms are expected to be a bigger part of marketing workflows and other emerging use cases.

RBL Bank taps Google Cloud to drive digital agenda

The private lender will tap Google Cloud to power its customer acquisition engine and improve customer data management and analytics, among other areas

NCSC sounds alarm over Russia-backed hacks

The UK’s National Cyber Security Centre joins US calls to be wary of Russian state interference in critical national infrastructure IT systems

2021 a blockbuster year for mobile apps

Research from App Annie reveals most mobile-first environment ever seen, with more time than ever before spent in mobile apps, reaching 4.8 hours a day in the top mobile-first markets

WM5G gains funding to further 5G RAN

UK’s first region-wide 5G innovation company awarded funding to support the growth of innovative telecoms services across central England

Ikano Bank’s team of robots exceeds 2021 targets

How the Swedish bank’s robotic automation project reached its time-saving target with time to spare, automating 168 processes, creating an in-house RPA team and embedding automation in every department’s thinking

98 more Openreach exchange areas to go digital in copper network shutdown

Mildenhall and Salisbury test sites will be first to stop selling copper-based services in 2022 in a further acceleration of Openreach’s plan to halt traditional broadband and voice services across the UK by 2025

Nordic companies targeted in wave of cyber attacks

After a slew of cyber attacks hit major companies in the Nordics at the end of last year, we look at how they were affected and how they have recovered

Deloitte launches new metaverse services and studio

The consulting giant's new metaverse service and studio use Nvidia's Omniverse tools. They help creators looking to learn more about and build virtual and augmented reality worlds.

Lucidworks releases AI-powered search platform

The vendor's SaaS platform includes a newly released application, Connected Search. It's the first of several releases expected over the next year.

Satellite broadband boost as Intelsat expands fleet, Inmarsat supports IoT

Satellite providers take connectivity to higher orbit as Intelsat continues investment in global 5G software-defined network while Inmarsat supports IoT monitoring for RWE’s hydroelectric power stations in Wales

BT appoints MD of advanced enterprise comms division, inks ABB contract

Managing director appointed for what is regarded as a likely key growth engine for UK incumbent telco’s enterprise business, moving it from a telco to a techco by expanding into services that go beyond traditional calls and lines

Genesys CEO on the future of contact center tech

In this interview with Genesys CEO Tony Bates, we discuss the intersection of empathy and technology, as well as the future of video in the contact center tech stack.

Partners launch managed cloud services to spark uptake

Ensono, SADA and NWN Carousel target mainframe modernization, Google Cloud adoption and cloud-based unified communications, respectively; other IT channel news.

Ukrainian police bust unnamed ransomware gang

A law enforcement raid in Ukraine resulted in the arrest of five suspects accused of deploying ransomware through phishing emails and making more than $1 million.

Microsoft bolsters Teams for frontline workers

The latest Microsoft Teams features add walkie-talkie functionality to Zebra Technologies devices and integrate scheduling and training to frontline worker apps.

M1 rolls out voice bot for customer hotlines

The Singapore telco has rolled out a voice bot for a number of customer hotlines to improve customer experience and the productivity of call agents

Parasol systems outage leaves umbrella contractors facing late payments

Multi-day outage leaves umbrella company contractors working for payroll processing firm Parasol facing late salary payments, with the firm remaining tight-lipped over the cause of its technical difficulties

Socitm outlines public sector digital trends for 2022

Report identifies the key areas of focus for technology decision-makers in government in the months ahead, across areas from cyber and data to digital identity and 5G

Sophos arms MSPs with more simplicity

Vendor is expecting its partners to take advantage of its latest release at a time when many in the industry are noticing a surge in demand for tools that reduce complexity

Supply issues affect Currys over peak period

Getting hold of products and dealing with changing customer preferences have not been confined to the enterprise market, with retailer Currys suffering from supply shortages

Full-fibre investment helps tackle digital exclusion in Greater Manchester

Study from cable operator and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority reveals the massive significance that digital investment is making for local people, helping to assist those at risk of digital exclusion, create local jobs and tackle homelessness

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